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Chicago low income housing programs and homeless shelters.

Individuals who are faced with a crisis and the homeless can turn to an extensive network of community based homeless shelters, rent subsidized apartments and transitional housing units. The City of Chicago, Department of Family and Support Services pays for and coordinates many of these centers across the region, including Cook County. There are also charities, churches and other social service agencies that offer support. The types of emergency homeless shelters as well as some of the leading organizations to call for information are below.

Types of short term housing and shelter programs in Cook County

Interim and Transitional Homeless Shelters are scatted around the city and they are available 24 hours per day to those who need them. Qualified clients can stay up to 120 days at one of these centers. During your stay you will need to fully participate in other case management and support services. These programs and services will be customized for single adults, pregnant mothers or entire families and social workers will try to provide them the assistance they need during their stay. The goal is to move people into permanent supportive housing in Cook County.

If you need a place to stay for one night, then try a Chicago Emergency Response Shelter. This will offer a place for someone to stay and also offer an initial assessment of the clients mid to long term needs. People can also get information and referrals to other state of Illinois and federal government resources. While most of the emergency homeless shelters for single adults close during the day, others which are more family oriented may be open 24 hours per day. Many people use these locations to escalate the cold Chicago winter.

Certain times of the year, in particular during the winter and a hot summer stretch, the demand on the shelters greatly increases. So the City of Chicago may add additional locations or emergency shelter beds during certain periods. Not only that but some people may even qualify for transportation to their shelter placement.

Permanent Supportive Housing will both help individuals find a new home or apartment as well as help them acquire the skills they need to keep stable. There are qualifications in place that need to be met from applicants. This type of support can also be combined with section 8 housing choice vouchers in the city of Chicago and state of Illinois.




Over the years thousands of local families have been able to find permanent housing in the greater Cook County Illinois region. Many of them get income subsidized homes from section 8. As part of this process clients can learn about rental assistance programs, including vouchers. Learn more about what section 8 housing is.

Locations of homeless shelters, subsidized homes and transitional housing

Connections for the Homeless
1458 Chicago Ave. Evanston, Illinois 60201
Call 847-424-0945 ext 15
Up to 20 people can stay in the location, including some men in a certain section. A locker is also available for people to keep their belongings at. Families and homeless women should call in advance.

H.E.I.R.S. Homeless Assistance
Chicago, Illinois 60643
Main phone - (773)840-3531

Cornerstone Community Outreach
4628 N.Clifton
Chicago, IL. 60640
(773) 271-8163
Referrals are accepted from Chicago DHS and the Police Department and the location provides overnight shelter for women age 18 and over.

The Ark
Main location is 6450 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60645





Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph
2715 W Harrison St
Chicago, Illinois
Call (773) 265-6683

Deborah’s Place
1532 N. Sedgewick
Chicago, IL
Call (312) 944-8810
Several programs and locations are part of this organization and in some cases they may hold up to 90 people. This location is focused on women.

Oaklawn Pads - South Suburban Pads North Tier
Oaklawn, IL 60453
Call 708-754-4357

The Night Ministry
Administrative Office is at 4711 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Call (773) 784-9000 for information

New Phoenix Assistance
Address: 7624 S. Phillips Ave., Ste 1 A, 2531 E. 75th St.
Chicago, IL 60649
Telephone number is (773) 734-7380
Offers support services and quality housing to HIV women, families, children and/or homeless, and pregnant/parenting teens.

Franciscan Outreach Association
1645 W. LeMoyne Street
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-6724
This location has a free soup kitchen as well as overnight shelter for both men and women.

Interfaith House
3456 W. Franklin Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60624
(773) 533-6013
Offers shelter for homeless single adults, ages 18 and older as well as respite care. The location offers case management, SA counseling, and lower income housing assistance.





Joshua House
3330 W. Carroll Ave
Chicago, Illinois
(773) 722-0179
Helps women who are faced with a crisis and a program known as Breakthrough’s Women’s Services. Resources focus on emergency and also long term needs. Case managers will help women try to break the cycle of homelessness, addictions, domestic violence, abandonment and abuse.

West Englewood United Organization - Clara's House Shelter
1650 W 62nd St
Chicago, IL 60636
Telephone - (773)778-8855

Maria’s Homeless Shelter
7320 S.Yale
Chicago, IL 60616
(773) 994-5350
The location serves women and children. If you do have children then boys must be under 10 years old and girls need to be under the age of 17.

Open Door Youth Shelter - West Town (phone (773) 506-4100) and Lakeview (dial (773) 506-3120). This sites help adults and youth who face multiple complex challenges on a daily basis, including neglect, homelessness, poverty, abuse, and even loneliness.

Open Door Shelter - The Night Ministry
4711 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640-4407
Telephone number is (773) 506-4100
The center serves homeless youth ages 14-21. People are accommodated on a first come first served basis, and any homeless or runaway will be accepted too.

Shelter Inc.
1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
Call (847) 590-6190
This non-profit provides short term, emergency shelters for male and also female adolescents aged 11 - 17. The programs offered at this shelter also support child development and parenting skills. Counselors and social workers will help with any familial issues.

You Can Make It - Family Shelter
Chicago, IL 60609

A Little Bit of Heaven Homeless Mens Overnight Shelter
Chicago, IL 60628
Telephone number is 1-773-264-5332

Tabitha House
Location is 550 N. Time
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 261-1100
The center focuses on homeless women and children as well as victims of domestic violence. It can also assist those in need of furniture or food, clothing, work and job training programs. People impacted by fire or natural disaster may also get help.

Teen Living Programs
3741 S. Indiana
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 548-4443
It offers a wide variety of services and assistance programs to adolescents aged 14 - 21.







Northside Housing and Supportive Services which as formerly known as Lakeview Shelter
Primary location is 835 W Addison
Chicago, Illinois
Call (773) 327-1389
Short term housing, therapy, case management and more is offered to the low income and people who were evicted.

Chicago Missionary Society
2016 W. Evergreen St.
Chicago, IL 60620
Phone number is 773-227-1811

Lincoln Park Community Homeless Shelter
600 W Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone (773) 549-6111

Will's Places (Single Men & Women & Women w/one small child)
Chicago, Illinois 60649


By Jon McNamara

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